ANZSCO code 252511
Assesses, treats and prevents disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease. Registration or licensing is required.
Skill Level 1
Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
- Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC)
- Physical Therapist
Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used.
- Aquatic Physiotherapist
- Cardiothoracic Physiotherapist
- Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist
- Gerentological Physiotherapist
- Maori Physiotherapist (NZ)
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
- Neurological Physiotherapist
- Occupational Health Physiotherapist
- Paediatric Physiotherapist
- Sports Physiotherapist
Specialisation titles are any commonly used titles which refer to a subset of jobs belonging to the occupation designated in the principal title. These jobs involve the performance of specialised tasks rather than the broader range of tasks usually performed in the occupation.
Unit Group 2525: Physiotherapists
Assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease.
Indicative Skill Level
In Australia and New Zealand: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1). Registration or licensing is required.
- Administering muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests to identify and assess physical problems of patients
- Designing treatment programs to address patients’ problems
- Treating patients to reduce pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, improve cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and respiratory functions, restore joint mobility, and improve balance and coordination
- Using the therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultraviolet and infra-red light and ultrasound in the treatment of patients
- Reviewing, continually monitoring, assessing and evaluating programs and treatments
- Consulting with other Health Professionals as required about patients’ problems, needs and progress
- Instructing patients and their families in procedures to be continued at home
- Recording treatments given and patients’ responses and progress
- Developing and implementing screening and preventative health promotion programs